1) Not too far from Fresno
2) Dog friendly so Penny could come
3) Less than 10 miles one way
She found that the Graveyard Lakes trail heading out from Lake Edison fit the bill. I consulted Google Earth, and found a variety of potential peaks to climb based out of the lakes basin.
|Graveyard Lake #1|
|Off we go!|
|Arriving at the first lake|
|Graveyard Lakes. Graveyard Peak is the choss-pile on the right.|
|Amazing! Still snow!|
I headed towards the lower end of the crest, because it looked like there might be some interesting climbing on the crest it self.
|Approaching the crest of Graveyard Peak -- Maybe some interesting climbing ahead?|
|Looking down on Graveyard Lakes|
|Devil's Bathtub (right) and Lake Edison (left)|
|Looking ahead at the beautiful knife-edge ridge|
|Perfect 4th class ridge climbing|
|Approaching the summit block!|
|Such good climbing along this ridge!|
I down climbed the Northeast ridge, and headed back to camp. Teresa, Penny and I enjoyed sitting by the lake and delicous meal of beans and rice. With Fall fully arrive in the Sierra's it was below freezing by the time the sun headed down so, we were in bed by 7pm!
The next morning we had a leisurely start, sitting by the perfectly reflective lake, enjoying our coffee. I am so used to climbing peaks car-to-car, this was a nice change. Its good to take your time and just take some moments to enjoy the stunning beauty of the Sierras.
|Is it time for breakfast?|
|Perfect reflections on the lake|
|Morning at the Graveyard lake #1|